Tuesday, August 6, 2013

YUM-O! #Pesto in the #Vitamix! #Recipe

One of the best ways to make pesto is in a Vitamix. It only takes a few minutes from start to finish. Let's quickly review the benefits and storage first then the recipe and some dish options will follow. At the end, I'll ask you to leave a comment with your favorite pesto dish. 

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Benefits: Basil is anti-inflammatory, rich in antioxidants, detoxes the liver and is an excellent source of vitamin K and a very good source of iron, calcium and vitamin A. In addition, basil is a good source of dietary fiber, manganese, magnesium, vitamin C and potassium (WHFoods). 


Storage: The leaves of fresh basil should look vibrant and be deep green in color. They should be free from dark spots or yellowing. Fresh basil should be stored in the refrigerator wrapped in a slightly damp paper towel. 




Recipe: 

1/2 cup olive oil
3/4 cup parmesan cheese
3 cloves of garlic peeled
2 cups of fresh basil
3 T pine nuts (can substitute walnuts)
Salt and Pepper to taste 



Place ingredients in the order above, set to variable low and quickly to 7. Use the tamper to push food into the blades and blend for one minute. Season with salt & pepper to your taste. Pour over pasta of your choice. 




Some more dish ideas:

- Pesto bruschetta. 
- Add it to grilled chicken or roasted salmon and top with sundried tomatoes. 
- Pesto and veggie stuffed pitas or pizza. Use in place of or in addition to hummus instead of mayo or tomato sauce. 
- Toss pesto with steamed green beans or asparagus with the juice of 1/2 lemon. 
- Pesto potato mash. Boil 3 pounds peeled russet potatoes until tender. Mash with 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup grated parmesan, 1/4 cup olive oil and 3 tablespoons pesto. - Recipe, Food Network 

Leave a comment: What dish would you add this basil pesto to?



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1 comment:

  1. I would add this pesto to a vegetarian pizza or a pasta dish.

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